The Brandons

  • by Angela Thirkell
  • Narrated by Jilly Bond
  • 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lavinia Brandon is quite the loveliest widow in Barsetshire, blessed with beauty and grace as well as two handsome grown-up children, Delia and Francis. So thinks their cousin, Hilary Grant, when he comes to stay and - like many before him - promptly falls for his fragrant hostess.
Meanwhile the Brandons' ill-tempered dowager aunt is stirring up controversy over her legacy, and Lavinia's attention is further occupied by the challenges of making a match between the vicar and gifted village helpmeet Miss Morris and elegantly deterring her lovestruck suitors.
Angela Thirkell's 1930s comedy is bright, witty and winning.


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Very enjoyable antidote to 2017.

If you fancy a dose of completely un-taxing, stress-free fiction, try this. It all seems like light and frothy nonsense - and yet it does also shine a gentle light on some aspects of English Upper Middle Class life in this era (1930s) versus their servants/the Lower Classes. It is gentle satire, really. Lots of lovely domestic details too which I like; you feel as if you are at the tea parties, picnics and outings.

It is mildly funny, except the fun-fare scene at the church fete which is - I hope deliberately -hysterical. It might just be my mind...

Well read - the narrator hams it up when needed, is good at mens' voices and has a great range of characters.
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- Alison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-11-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK